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Sleep Apnea

Millions of Americans suffer from sleep apnea. People with this disorder take shallow breaths or literally stop breathing for short periods of time while they are sleeping. Although many people have sleep apnea, it is difficult to detect because it only occurs during sleep. Usually a sleep study is performed to diagnose the condition.
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How are sleep apnea and snoring treated?

Depending on the severity of the condition, there are a number of methods used to treat snoring and sleep apnea. At the extreme end, treatment can involve surgically altering the structures within the mouth to get rid of the tissue that obstructs the airway during sleep. Another treatment option is the CPAP machine. Using a mask to provide a continuous flow of air, the machine essentially “forces” the structures of the throat to keep the airway open during sleep.

The least invasive treatment involves the use of oral appliances. These small plastic devices are specially selected and designed by a dentist, who works with your physician to ensure it meets your specific needs. Depending on the patient’s case, the appliance targets different oral structures. For instance, some appliances move the jaw forward, some prevent the tongue from obstructing the airway, and others combine both techniques.

Advantages of oral appliances include that they are:

  • Small and easy to take with you when traveling
  • Comfortable and take just a few weeks to get used to
  • Non-invasive
  • Custom-made

After a few weeks to a few months of monitoring and adjusting the appliance, your initial treatment is complete. From that point on your dentist will periodically check to make sure your oral appliance still suits your needs, though short-term success will often predict long-lasting benefits.

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